Monday, March 29, 2010

They really do have an app for everything!

I don't know how many of you have an iPhone or iPod, but I do and I love it!
Just thought I'd share with ya'll a couple of the wonderful quilting apps that I found. If you do have an iPhone or iPod, search 'QuiltFab' in the AppStore. QuiltFab is an app that calculates all of your fabric for you, whether it be backing, binding, sashing, or block sizes!! How fabulous is that? There is also QuiltRef which has common quilt sizes, conversion charts, setting triangle calculator, and can even estimate the approximate number of stitches per inch!

Do you want to know the best part about both of these? They are both absolutely, positively FREE.
You just can't get any better than that. Be sure to check them out and let me know about your favorite Apps or programs that can help you out when you have a pressing quilting question.

<3 Bonnie Jean

Monday, March 22, 2010

Everything's Bigger In Texas!

Hello my Quilting Family!
Gina and I traveled to Quitman, Texas this past week to visit Ms. Debbie Luttrell at her fabulous quilt shop, Stitchin' Heaven. What? You haven't heard of Stitchin' Heaven?! Well visit their website. We participated in the Boot Camp for Shop Owners and had so much fun. Gina and I have decided it's the best thing we ever did for Quilter's Refuge. If you have a shop and would like to participate in the next Boot Camp just visit the Stitchin' Heaven website and contact Deb Luttrell. She is a wonderful lady and will be glad to help any of our fellow shop owners!

Deb and I on graduation day.
And me in Texas for the first time!

We are ready to go to work and change things up at the shop. It feels so good to have so many ideas running through my head and I'm ready to put them into action! Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas of things they would love to see in the 'Perfect' quilt shop? That is our make YOUR perfect quilt shop dreams come true!

We'll see you soon!
Bonnie Jean

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

New Beginnings

It's always amazing to me how many people don't know very much about quilting or fabric. To us here at the shop that's all there is to know! To help solve this problem we teach a beginners piecing class and it always fills up. People want to know and learn and grow in their experiences and knowledge of different things. It always makes me so happy to see how people can come in here, not knowing the first thing about quilting, and leave the shop or the class in love with fabric and the creativity it inspires in all of us. Here are some of our beginner quilts made in our five week course....
It feels good to encourage others and to help them discover the wonderful art of quilting. Quilting is love, creativity, and fellowship and we all want to be able to spread a little more of that around in this world...especially when it is in the form of a comfy cozy quilt :)
Let the warm weather come quickly!!
-Bonnie Jean